Felician SAAC Remains Busy In Fall Semester

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) volunteered at the recent North Jersey Walk For Wishes, highlighting a fall semester in which the group has been active in several charitable and community service endeavors.

Several Felician student-athletes woke up early on Sunday, October 20, to travel to Liberty State Park in Jersey City. During the Walk for Wishes, which contained both a walk and a 5,000-meter run, the Golden Falcon volunteers were stationed at several checkpoints on the course, giving direction and providing encouragement. The race was run to benefit Make-A-Wish New Jersey, which grants the wishes of children in the state with life-threatening medical conditions.

Make-A-Wish New Jersey is a branch of the National Make-A-Wish Foundation, of which NCAA Division II is a fundraising advocate.

Under the leadership of staff advisor Ivan Lewis and president Sarah Shebel (Chandler, Ariz./Perry) the Golden Falcons’ SAAC has made its presence felt not only in the northern New Jersey area, but also on campus. During Felician’s Homecoming Weekend in late September, the group raised more than $300 for the National Make-A-Wish by soliciting donations at three Golden Falcon home events and in downtown Rutherford.

Later in the fall, the SAAC took the lead in running cancer research fundraisers sponsored by the Felician soccer and volleyball teams. Through gate donations, raffles, and apparel sales, the volleyball team raised more than $1300 for the Side-Out Foundation.

“It’s been fun to get to know athletes from other sports, and to work these events as a department,” said Shebel, a sophomore women’s volleyball student-athlete and co-captain. “Working with and for the less fortunate, especially kids, is something that’s always been important to me. And while the National Make-A-Wish is a great cause, it has also been fulfilling to do more local events, where you can see your impact.”

Below are the current members of Felician’s SAAC.

 

2013-14 Felician College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (thru Nov. 1)
Name
Sport
YR
Hometown/High School
Jason Garay
Men's Soccer
SR
Perth Amboy, N.J./St. Joseph
Daniel Wroblewski
Men's Soccer
SR
Brick, N.J./Brick Township
Erica Evans
Women's Soccer
SO
Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls
Juliet Numfor Women's Soccer
SR
Hillsborough, N.J./Stanstead College
Olivia Emerson
Women's Volleyball
SO
Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed
Sarah Shebel (President)
Women's Volleyball
SO
Chandler, Ariz./Perry
Keenan Huggins-Filozof
Men's Cross-Country
JR
Farmingdale, N.J./Freehold Township
Owen Barnes (Vice President)
Men's Basketball
JR
Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck
Will Thompson
Men's Basketball
JR
Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck
Sierra McDuffie
Women's Basketball
SO
Paterson, N.J./PCTI
Alex Salaycik
Women's Basketball
JR
Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic
Andrew Geesey
Men's Golf
SO
Red Lion, Pa./Dallastown Area
Taylor Parker
Softball
JR
Surrey, British Columbia/Semiahmoo
Halei Van Dyke
Softball
SR
West Milford, N.J./West Milford

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